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Project Charter Template
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PROJECT CHARTER 
[ Note: All fields in blue text or marked by an asterisk ( * ) must be filled in.]

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1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Does my project require a Charter?  Obtain the latest version  of this Charter Template from the <document source>. Save the Charter file using filename format: Project Charter_Project Name.doc. Enter all dates in 8-digit DDMM//YYYY format (e.g., 15/02/2009). Type an X in the appropriate checkboxes. Keep a printed copy of your Risk Evaluation

1. General Project Information
* Project Name: * Project Sponsor (answer all of the following):
   What department is the primary proponent of this project? (Enter one.) Who is the Project Sponsor? (Note: This person must be a decision-maker with the authority to commit department resources.) Is this an Enterprise Project, i.e. does it have significant impact on 3 or more departments (Y/N)?

Project Co-Sponsor(s): * Department Project Rank  :
Document History Version  * Date * Author * Reason for Change *

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2. Stakeholders
Name * Project Manager: * Tech Lead:  * Business Lead : Others: (e.g., those with a significant interest in this project) Department Telephone
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E-mail

3. Vendor Contacts
If a vendor is involved in development of this Charter, provide appropriate contact information Name Company / Role Telephone
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E-mail

4. Project / Service Description
Type in a response to each item in the space immediately below it.

* Project Purpose / Business Justification Describe the product or service that this project will produce (e.g., “This
project will manage relocation to a new headquarters location for ABC Corporation.”) Describe the business problem or need being addressed (e.g., “ABC Corporations is currently at risk for interruption of essential services sue to lack of space in its current locaton.”)

* Business Objectives (aka Business Value) Measurable business outcomes of the project. Objectives have an
attribute (e.g., cost), a yardstick (e.g., U.S. dollars) and an absolute or relative value (e.g., less than $4,000,000). Business Objectives typically deal with cost, time, and quality (e.g., reduce the cost of delivery of this service by 30%). The Business Value of your project will be judged based on how well it met these objectives.

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Include area code first (e.g., 919-555-1212). Include area code first (e.g., 919-555-1212).

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4. Project / Service Description
Type in a response to each item in the space immediately below it.

* Project Deliverables List the high-level project sub-products whose satisfactory delivery mark completion of the
project (e.g., upfit of four floors, installation of office equipment and furniture).

* Clear Statement of What This Project Will Not Include (Example: Phase 1 of the Headquarters Relocation
project will not include the planned employee fitness center.)

* Project Success Define what must be done in order for this project to be considered a success by its stakeholders.

* Project Milestones Proposed start and end dates for Project Phases (e.g., Inception, Planning, Construction, Delivery)
and other major milestones.

* Major Known Risks (including significant Assumptions) A Risk is anything that may cause the project to fail.
Include both internal risks (things that the project team can control or influence) and external risks (things outside of the project team’s control or influence). (e.g., Internal Risk – Move In date may be in jeopardy if decisions about office furniture are not made on time. External Risk – Office Furniture vendor has a poor track record of on-time delivery). Risk Rating from On-Line Risk Evaluator (Hi, Med, Lo): List the most significant risks to the project (or attach a printout of your online risk assessment): 1.

* Constraints List any conditions that may limit the project team’s options with respect to resources, personnel, or
schedule (e.g., predetermined budget or project end date, limit on number of staff that may be assigned to the project).

External Dependencies Will project success depend on coordination of efforts between the project team and one or
more other individuals or groups? Has everyone involved agreed to this interaction?

5. Project Selection Data
The following information will be used during the project Selection / Prioritization Process

* If this project is mandated or is required for continued business operation:

Mandated by whom? Impact of not meeting mandate?

Strategic Alignment: Indicate which elements of the Balanced Score Card this project supports and how it does so. If your organization’s strategic plan does not include a Balanced Score Card, use other measures of Strategic Alignment. Template Source: http://www.cvr-it.com Page 3 of 5

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5. Project Selection Data
The following information will be used during the project Selection / Prioritization Process Strategic Alignment: Indicate which elements of the Balanced Score Card this project supports and how it does so. If your organization’s strategic plan does not include a Balanced Score Card, use other measures of Strategic Alignment. Financial ROI Customer Process (Internal) Learning

Project Interaction: Are there other projects whose success depends upon the completion of this one? Does conduct of this project depend on the completion of another?
[ ] Run  [ ] Yes [ ] Grow  [ ] Optimize  [ ] Transform 

Project Category This project is Urgent

[ ] No

If Yes, explain:

6. Financial / Resources Information
Type in a response to each item in the space immediately below it.

Funding Source Select one of the following: (Example: Strategic Initiative Fund, Operating Budget, Other. (If Other,
please describe in the Notes section below.)

* Estimate of Implementation Cost Use Project Charter Budget Worksheet   to calculate cost. If relevant,
Include both the cost of completing the project and the cost of not doing the project at all. If the project includes signifi cant scope options that will impact cost, include this information. For example, the cost of project with Option 1 only = $400,000 (range $330,000 to $525,000). Cost of project with both Options 1 and 2 = $525,000 (range $430,000 to $650,000). Cost of not doing the project = $120,000 per year in fines starting 2003 as a result of not meeting Federal Requirements X, Y, and Z.) Create a Link_To_Project Charter Budget_Worksheet  Implementation Cost in $U.S. (estimate with range, low to high): $

Return-on-Investment (ROI) Data (include both Financial and non-Financial ROi estimates

Estimate time required of Business Staff (Add rows as needed) Role (e.g. Project Manager, Department coordinators) Hours needed (e.g. x hrs/mon for x months; x hours total)
Include confidence limits

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7. Estimated Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) 5-Year
In the Calendar/Fiscal Year column, change years as approriate. In the Capital and Operational columns, click on each entry once to select the full field (0.00) completely before entering the dollar figure. Gray box will disappear when number is typed in. In the Totals row, total the dollar figure in each column by placing the cursor on dollar figure field, clicking once to select it, then clicking the right mouse button and selecting Update Field. Calendar Year (1, 2, 3) or Fiscal Year (2004-5, 2005-6) 2007-8 2008-9 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 Capital ($U.S.) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Operational ($U.S.) 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00

Totals

0.00

0.00

8. Sign-off
Name Business Sponsor Co-Sponsor Project Manager Signature Date (MM/DD/YYYY)

9. List of Addenda
List all files supplemental to this Charter here. Optional: Use filename to create hyperlink to document. Document Name Filename

10. Notes

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